Marrakech film festival ready to roll<br />

International event attracts global talent

PARIS -- Guests of the eighth annual Marrakech International Film Festival will be saying "What Just Happened?" on Friday night as Charlotte Rampling fires up the opening ceremony with the Moroccan city's first look at the Barry Levinson comedy.

The increasingly buzzed-about event will be sparkling with stars, including Heather Graham, Toby Jones, Roman Polanski and French actresses Melanie Laurent, Lou Doillon and Anne Parrillaud. Sigourney Weaver and Michelle Yeoh also be in town to accept tributes.

Jury president Levinson will join international talent from across the globe such as Italian actress Caterina Murino and German actor Sebastian Koch in deciding the winner of the festival's Golden Star prize.

After a full-on fete honoring 40 years of both British and Moroccan cinema, complete with retrospectives of those countries' cinemas, the nine-day festival will close with multidirector anti-poverty collaborative project "8" on Nov. 22.